Korea Cannibalism: Famine Drives Starving North Koreans To Eat Children

By Staff Reporter on January 28, 2013 3:24 PM EST

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Severe famine in North Korea raises fears of cannibalism across the country. Meanwhile, Leader Kim Jong Un pushes ahead with missile testing despite UN resistance. (Photo: Reuters)

Disturbing news has surfaced from inside the secretive country of North Korea -- the nation is struck by a terrible famine. In fact, the conditions are so unbearable that it has driven a father to kill his own two children for food. The man was executed. The story was first discovered by citizen journalists stationed in North Korea for Japan's "Asia Press" and was later found in the "Sunday Times."

"In my village in May, a man who killed his own two children and tried to eat them was executed by a firing squad," the informant said. "While his wife was away on business he killed his eldest daughter and because his son saw what he had done, he killed his son as well. When the wife came home, he offered her food, saying: 'We have meat.' But his wife, suspicious, notified the Ministry of Public Security, which led to the discovery of part of their children's bodies under the eaves."

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The man's desperate last resort sheds light on the unspeakable suffering that the people of North Korea are currently suffering. According to reports from "Asia Press" and the "Sunday Times," a devastating famine has already killed 10,000 people in the provinces of North and South Hwanghae. What's more, there is a growing concern over cannibalism spreading across the country.

The executed man that ate his children is but one example. Another report claims that a grandfather resorted to digging up his grandchild's corpse.

Not only is the famine threatening the lives of the entire country, but experts believe the critical conditions will even get worse. The UN extended an agreement on Tuesday that will enforce the stop of North Korea's development on nuclear testing.

While the first agreement was imposed as early as 2006, tensions continue to rise as the Pyongyang government blatantly defies the agreements. On Dec. 12, North Korea pushed ahead with the launch of a long-range rocket under the guise of a peaceful mission intended to place a satellite into orbit.

South Korea, Japan and the United States saw the launch as a ballistic missile test and pushed for UN action against the pariah state.

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